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Premature Menopause After UFE

Menopause after UFE, although uncommon, can sometimes occur. There are a number of factors that play a role in premature menopause, which occurs in women before the age of 40. At times, premature menopause may be caused by premature ovarian failure (abnormal functioning of the ovaries). This may be a result of non-target embolization of blood vessels leading to the ovaries. In this case, blockage of the blood supply to the ovaries can cause premature failure.

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Menopause and Your Sex Drive

Lowered estrogen levels can affect you in many ways. Things like, less interest in sex or a higher threshold for arousal can affect your sex life. Learn how to step up your sex drive during menopause.

blog-menopause-sex-driveLowered estrogen levels can affect you in many ways.  Less interest in sex.  A higher threshold for arousal.  Decreased vaginal lubrication.  Depression or anxiety that inhibits desire.  No matter what all the e-mail spam that lands in your mailbox may promise, there isn’t a wonder drug that treats sexual problems in women dealing with menopause. However, (your cue to exhale), there are things you can do to step up sex drive and sexual confidence at this time.

Get in tune with your body by educating yourself on the normal changes associated with aging.  Information is available in books, on the web, and direct from your doctor.  Sometimes, just understanding what to expect is not only reassuring, it really puts things into perspective.

Re-engage interest by experimenting with erotica.  This could be a book, a video, or a fantasy that excites you.  Stimulation has a big mental/emotional component for most women. But we often neglect to feed that critical element of desire, especially as we get older.

Reintroduce yourself to the bathtub.  A warm, aromatic soak not only relaxes, it feels sensuous.  The heat brings blood to the surface (in all parts of your body) and lounging around naked has a way of turning your thoughts towards other pleasures.

Change your sex routine.  When was the last time you had sex some place other than the bedroom?  When was the last time you were the aggressor?  When was the last time you bought an article of clothing with the idea of titillating yourself or your partner?  Getting into the mood isn’t always waiting for the mood to strike.  Sometimes, a little staging goes a long way.

On the strictly physical front, estrogen replacement can ease vaginal dryness.  (Ditto for water-soluble lubricants like Astroglide or K-Y jelly.) And doctors are currently studying whether a combination of estrogen and testosterone (male hormone) are effective for boosting the libido by giving the body a series of chemical signals it experiences when young, fertile and has nature driving it to procreate.  Wherever you come out on hormone supplements,   it’s important to recognize that desire for sex (at all ages) is closely tied to feeling sexual.  And with women, that’s usually a more complicated cocktail than hormonal surges.  Crazy as it may sound, women who exercise, dance, engage in massage or encourage a positive self-image tend to feel more sexual about themselves. It’s something to consider if you’re looking around for a little inspiration.

Lastly, (and by no means leastly), increase your physical contact with your partner on a non-coital level.  Touching, kissing, caressing, and cuddling have a way of both strengthening your bond and putting you in the mood for sex.  Many of us (because of habits or timing or sheer familiarity) forget how powerful those connections can be.  Age doesn’t lessen the desire for human contact.  And youth doesn’t have a monopoly on its influence.

Menopause and Your Sex Drive

Treatment After Menopause

Don’t let fibroids cramp your style! Read on to find out how UAE may be able to help even after menopause.

Do I need to treat my fibroids if I already started menopause?

The answer to this question is often based on your personal decision. In most situations, fibroids shrink after menopause, so many women find no need to have a procedure done. However, if you are experiencing bothersome symptoms, then it might be a good idea to consult your OB-GYN. Sometimes, women experience symptoms even after menopause, leading them to look into treatment options.

Talk with your doctor about these options.  Have him/her explain why one or the other is best for you based on your body, age and health.  Then strongly consider having it treated if you feel that it is impeding on your quality of life. If your doctor doesn’t explain these options or what they think is best, it might be helpful to get a second opinion.

Many women see Uterine Fibroid Embolization as an optimal treatment procedure due to the fact that it is less-invasive than surgical treatment methods and it allows patients to return to their daily activities within a week! The procedure is safe, effective, and quick and women often feel symptoms relief almost immediately after the procedure.

If you would like to find out more about UAE or you would like to get some questions answered, please call us at 866-362-6463.  You may also Contact Us Online or Chat LIVE, 7 days a week, with one of the our health professionals at the Fibroid Treatment Collective!

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Treatment After Menopause

Premature Menopause After Embolization

Learning about the small risk of premature menopause that can occur after a uterine fibroid embolization.

What causes premature menopause after an embolization?

The mechanism concerning premature menopause following embolization is uncertain; however, there are a number of factors that may play a role in premature menopause.

Premature menopause happens when menopause occurs before the age of 40. At times, premature menopause may be caused by premature ovarian failure which describes a stop in the normal functioning of the ovaries in a woman younger than the age of 40. This may be a result of non-target embolization of blood vessels leading to the ovaries. In this case, blockage of the blood supply to the ovaries can cause premature failure.

According to an article published in The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, techniques carried out by individual radiologists can also play a role in premature ovarian failure, along with rate of injection and thoroughness of blockage. In addition, aggressive embolization, as opposed to arterial embolization, can predispose the backflow of particles outside of the catheter to the ovarian arteries, further causing ovarian failure.

Ultimately, however, the age of a patient at the time of embolization has a direct effect on the occurrence of ovarian failure; therefore, patients older than the age of 40 may face a higher risk of premature menopause.

All things considered, it is suggested that patients seek embolization in the early symptomatic stage of their health issue so as to avoid increased risk of premature menopause.

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Menopause and the Eradication of Fibroids

Can menopause cause your fibroids to disappear? Find out if and how the changes in your body during menopause can be of benefit to you.

I’m 53 years old. I’ve been told that with menopause, the fibroids go away. Is this true?

The hormones estrogen and progesterone appear to be leading factors in the growth of fibroids; therefore, fibroids may stop growing or decrease in size after a woman has reached menopause due to the decline of estrogen levels.  At any rate, this is not always the case, as individual results may vary, and other factors may be contributing to your specific condition.

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